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Six of the best Android smartphones: June 2016

Let's take a look a selection of the very best Android handsets currently available.
Samsung Galaxy S7
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Samsung Galaxy S7

Without a doubt, the flagship of Android handsets.

Tech spec:

  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • 5.1-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (576 pixels-per-inch)
  • Snapdragon 820 processor (the Samsung Exynos chipset is used in some regions)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 12-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Wireless charging support
  • Water- and dust-resistant to IP68
  • Color options: Gold Platinum and Black Onyx
Google Nexus 6P
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Google Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P is an odd beast indeed.

From a tech point of view it's a powerhouse, with its sharp display and powerful Snapdragon 810 processor. But the exterior is something that might not appeal to all - it's bulky and top-heavy and the fingerprint reader is placed in an odd spot.

It also ditches the much-loved wireless charging feature.

Tech spec:

  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 pixels AMOLED multi-touch display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 with Adreno 430
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 12.3-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Non-user-replaceable 3450mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Colors: Aluminum, Graphite, Frost.
LG G5
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LG G5

LG takes its previous flagship smartphone and brings it up to 2016 standards. It also brings back the user-replaceable battery.

Tech spec:

  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • 5.3-inch quad HD IPS display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution (554 pixels-per-inch)
  • Snapdragon 820 with an Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Removable Li-Ion 2,800 mAh battery
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Dual rear cameras; a 16-megapixel camera with a 78-degree field of view, and an 8-megapixel camera with a 135-degree field of view
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Color options: Silver, Titan, Gold, and Pink
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Not a fan of the huge Android smartphones that seem to be all the rage these days? Then the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact could be worth a look. This is essentially an Xperia Z5 crammed into a more compact shell.

Tech spec:

  • Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • 4.6-inch HD 720p (1280 x 720) Triluminos display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with Adreno 430
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 23-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 2700mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68)
  • Colors: White, Graphite Black, Coral, yellow.
Motorola Moto G (late 2015)
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Motorola Moto G (late 2015)

Not the most powerful handset by far, but the Motorola Moto G is one of the best handsets for the money, doubly so given that you can buy it unlocked for under $200.

Tech specs:

  • Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
  • 5.0 inch 720 x 1280 pixel IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 410 with 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 with Adreno 306 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM in the 8GB storage version, 2GB in the 16GB storage version
  • 8/16GB of storage
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2470 mAh battery
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Micro SD card support
  • IPX7 certified - water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
  • Color options: Black and White, but with many accent and trim options
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HTC One M9

Tech spec:

  • Android 5.0 (Lollipop), upgrades depend on carrier
  • 5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 pixel Super LCD3 capacitive display featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU with Adreno 430
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Non-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh battery
  • 20-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 4-megapixel front-facing camera
  • FM radio
  • Quick Charge support
  • Colors: Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose gold, Gold/Pink

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